Monday, July 25, 2016

Beyond remediation

For the past month and a bit since we started with our new builder Michanie, most of the work has revolved around    remediation. A lot of very expensive remediation. Our neighbor is a general contractor and used to come by on a regular basis and tell us in a kind of gloating bravado what a crappy job was being done, and how this and that needed to be ripped out and done all over again. We aren't particularly eager to hear his opinion most of the time, but he's not shy on offering it anyway. But since the new builder started he's only been by a couple of times. He seems a little sheepish even. The latest time he came over was to actually pay a compliment, which I don't think I've ever heard him do before. He ended by saying "that's what I would've done too".

Anyway all that to say that we are basically done with all the major remediation work and now moving on towards making some actual progress on the house. There are still issues cropping up here and there but they have mostly to do with design problems. Things like the location of light switches weren't specified on the plans, for example, and in some areas there wasn't adequate space on the walls for them. So we had to make all kinds of on site adjustments including removing a pocket door, reducing the width of door openings, and altering walls in order just to get light switches in the places we needed them. But moving a light switch isn't the end of the world, and Michanie has been great at fixing issues as they come up - as issues always do. 

We're not as far along as we'd hoped to be by now but we're also not that far off schedule as far as I can tell. We can see stuff happening daily and that's encouraging. Here are some pictures toshow what's  been going on lately. 

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